US Soldiers punished for Koran Burning and Video

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Timothy Kudo with a fellow marine in Afghanistan. (Timothy Kudo)

Punishments were announced on Monday in two separate incidents of U.S. military misconduct in Afghanistan earlier this year.

The first incident involved the burning of a box of Korans by U.S. soldiers back in February. An investigation found that the soldiers had no "malicious intent," and the four Army officers and two enlisted soldiers received letters of reprimand.  

The second incident involved four U.S. marines, caught on video, urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. That video went public in January. Three of those non-commissioned officers received "non-judicial punishments."

No one involved in either incident will face jail time.

Elisabeth Bumiller is the Pentagon reporter for our partner The New York Times.


Elisabeth Bumiller

Comments [1]


We punish our troops for accidentally burning books. They celebrate their troops for killing us. That doesn't seem to be working so well.

Aug. 28 2012 04:15 PM

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